How To Cook Bacon In An Air Fryer

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If you have wondered how to cook bacon in an air fryer, let us solve that particular mystery for you.

Not only is it quick and easy, but the mess is very minimal in an air fryer.

Three slices of air fryer bacon sit upright in an open canning jar.

Air Fryer Bacon

One thing to be aware of when cooking bacon in an air fryer, is that the higher the fat content is, the more your air fryer is likely to smoke. The higher the fat content, the more smoke you’ll get. This is normal.

Air Fryer Turkey Bacon

Turkey bacon has much less fat than pork bacon. But it still cooks for approximately the same amount of time.

Cook turkey bacon between 9-12 minutes. No parchment needed.

Air Fryer Canadian Bacon

Canadian bacon comes precooked. So really, you just need to warm it up. You can spritz it with a little oil from an oil sprayer if you want to give it a crispier finish.

But at the end of the day, it may not cook long enough in an air fryer to get any type of crisp. This works great for some and not so great for others.

If you want to cook your Canadian bacon in an air fryer, cook it at 400 F. for about 1-3 minutes in a preheated air fryer (If your air fryer has a preheat function. Not all of them do.)

Air Fryer Pork Belly

400 F. 18-20 minutes or until the pork belly reaches at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer.

An overhead view looking down on three slices of air fryer bacon in an canning jar.

What You’ll Need

3 strips bacon – Whatever type you prefer.

How To Cook Bacon In An Air Fryer

Simply place your bacon on or in your air fryer tray or basket. No parchment necessary. Place them directly in/on your air fryer and do not spray with oil.

How Long To Cook Bacon In An Air Fryer

Cook at 400 F. for 9-12 minutes. This will vary by how thick your cut of bacon is, as well as from air fryer to air fryer. Keep an eye on it the first time you make it. Once you have the timing, it will be the same every time you make bacon in your air fryer.


Do I Have To Pre-Heat An Air Fryer?

This is a super easy answer. If your air fryer has a pre-heat function, then you should always pre-heat. If it doesn’t, then you don’t have to worry about it. But as with any air fryer, always test a recipe the first time and take note of any adjustments for the future.

Should I Use Oil On Bacon In An Air Fryer?

Nope! Even with lean turkey bacon, you don’t need to use oil. For Canadian bacon, you can use a very small amount for browning, but it’s really not necessary.

What If My Air Fryer Starts To Smoke?

The higher amount of fat in your food, the more likely there is to be smoke coming from your air fryer. That said, you can take into account the smoke point of any food and simply stay below that.

The smoke point of bacon is 400 F. We cook at this temperature all the time though, and have never had an issue. Your air fryer will have its own requirements.

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Use Cooked Bacon For

  • Deviled Eggs
  • A breakfast side
  • Add it to quiche
  • Make a BLT for lunch!
  • Make stuffed chicken thighs (Gracious Pantry)
  • In pasta salad
  • In egg salad
  • On a grilled cheese sandwich
  • Potato skins

Best Air Fryers For Air Fryer Bacon

The best types of air fryers for making air fryer bacon are either a basket air fryer or a toaster oven air fryer. And if you aren’t sure which one to purchase, here’s a helpful article on How To Choose An Air Fryer to help you choose.

How To Cook Bacon In An Air Fryer

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Air Fryer Bacon

A simple, easy, breakfast side dish that's ready in minutes.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 120 kcal


  • Air Fryer


  • 3 strips bacon (any kind)


Pork Bacon

  • Bake at 400 F. for 9-12 minutes.
    Cooked air fryer pork bacon on a white background.

Turkey Bacon

  • Bake at 400 F. for 9-12 minutes.
    The finished air fryer bacon sitting upright in a canning jar.

Canadian Bacon

  • Cook at 400 F. for 1-3 minutes.
    Air fryer Canadian bacon on a white plate.

Pork Belly

  • Cook at 400 F. for 18-20 minutes, or until it reaches 165 F. on a meat thermometer.
    Cooked pork belly in a black crock.



Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Calories: 120kcal
Keyword bacon
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